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Royal Society Lecture – Southern Highland Branch
Thursday 18 July – Mittagong RSL @ 6.30pm

SPEAKERS: Dr Christian Heim and Dr Caroline Heim
 Understanding the Mental Health Crisis and how your relationships can save you

It seems we all know someone grappling with mental illness, the problem of rising concern, particularly for our younger people. Almost 1 in 5 adults in our society is on an antidepressant and this number is rising. It is estimated that half of us will experience mental illness in our lifetime.

Behind the closed doors of his office, Dr Heim has heard thousands of heart-breaking stories. It is time to change those stories. Drawing from his 18 years of clinical experience, the latest scientific evidence and their own research, this team share remarkable insights into why mental illness rates are soaring and give practical advice to help prevent it in your life. In this lecture, Doctors Christian and Caroline Heim combine science and entertainment to help you get the right DOSE of four healthy brain chemicals. They will illustrate how relationships with people on all levels – from partners, family and friends, to people in greater society – can help us all to create mentally-healthy, pleasurable lives.

Dr Christian Heim is a clinical psychiatrist, Australian music lecturer and a Churchill fellow. He is an associate senior lecturer at the University of Queensland in the School of Medicine and in music has lectured at Manhattan School of Music, The University of Newcastle and had a tenured position at the University of Wollongong.

He was on staff at several Australian hospitals. Dr Heim has a PhD from the University of Sydney and has published research articles and music compositions. He is the 2014 recipient of the Newton-John award for innovation and creativity and the 2000 Blackwell Award for Critical Reasoning in Science.

His music compositions are played on ABC Classic FM. His podcasts and public lectures reference medicine and music and cover a range of topics – the mental health crisis, neuroplasticity, the pleasure myth, the neurobiology of love, healthy relationships as a protective factor – but primarily focus on how to get the right DOSE of brain chemicals to help overcome 21st Century mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, suicide, trauma, personality disorders and addictions. www.drchristianheim.com

Dr Caroline Heim is a senior lecturer in Theatre at Queensland University of Technology. She holds a PhD in Drama from The University of Queensland. Her research interests are in the area of audience reception and actor/audience relationships. Her first book Audience as Performer: The Changing Role of Theatre Audiences in the Twenty-first Century was published by Routledge in 2016.

She is currently interviewing actors and audience members worldwide for her new book to be published early 2020, which focuses on the phenomenology of the actor/audience conversations that create the “electric air” of live theatre. Her articles appear in New Theatre Quarterly; Theatre, Dance and Performance Training; Popular Entertainment Studies; Higher Education; The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism and Australasian Drama Studies. Caroline was a theatre critic for The Australian in 2012-13. Before entering academia Caroline worked as a professional actor on New York stages winning a Drama League Award and receiving critical acclaim from The New York Times.

DATE: Thursday 18 July 2019
TIME: 6.30pm – doors open 6pm

VENUE: Mittagong RSL –  Joadja/Nattai Rooms, 1st Floor 
PRICES: Non-Members $10 | Members $5  | teachers and students free

Following the lecture, there will be a dinner with the speaker, open to all members and non-members

See details of upcoming lectures on our website:  royalsocietyhighlands.org.au

Moss Vale Road Improvements at night from Tuesday 30 July

Maintenance work on Moss Vale Road at Barrengarry Mountain
On Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 July, between 8pm and 4am maintenance work will be carried out on Moss Vale Road at Barrengarry Mountain, weather permitting.

The road will be closed to all traffic between Bunkers Hill Road and Myra Vale Road.

Detours will be in place via the Illawarra Highway, Macquarie Pass and the Princes Highway and motorists should allow up to an additional 90 minutes travelling time depending on origin and destination.

Slope repair work on Moss Vale Road at Cambewarra Mountain
From Sunday 4 August, essential slope repair work will be carried out on Moss Vale Road for six weeks, weather permitting.

The road will be closed from 7pm to 5am from Sunday to Thursday with no work being carried out on Friday, Saturdays, school or public holidays.

During the night closures, light vehicles can detour via Kangaroo Valley Road and Tourist Road, adding 15 minutes to travel times.

Vehicles over 7.5 metres or 12 tonnes will need to detour via the Illawarra Highway and Princes Highway, adding 90 minutes to a trip between Kangaroo Valley and Nowra.

Motorists will have access to Tourist Road from Moss Vale Road during work times.

Daytime lane closures will be in place Monday to Thursday from 5am and 7pm during the work period.

Thank you for your patience and apologies for the inconvenience while we carry out this essential work.

For more information about road closures, including dates for future work, detour routes, and contacts, please regularly check the Southern Road Closures online map at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/southernroadclosures.

If you have any questions please call Roads and Maritime Services on 02 4421 1610.

Roads and Maritime Services
Level 6, 90 Crown Street Wollongong NSW 2500

Teaching Opportunity in Nepal

Some remote schools in the Gorkha region of Nepal are looking for volunteers to assist teaching their staff and students English.

Some remote schools in the Gorkha region of Nepal are looking for volunteers to assist teaching their staff and students English.

Ever thought about sharing your teaching skills with a disadvantaged community, travelling in the Himalayan mountains?

After our family experience in 2017 some schools in Nepal have been in touch with us looking for further assistance.

Some remote schools in the Gorkha region of Nepal are looking for volunteers to assist teaching their staff and students English.

This is an authentic experience (with a direct contact, no agency involved) in a small community and could suit either an individual or a family group.

If this sounds like something that appeals to you or any of your friends, please get in touch with me and I would be more than happy to share more details of this amazing opportunity.


Dave Johnson

Head of Extra Curricular Programs
The Scots College Sydney



We are a well-established not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting people with a disability. Our offices in the Illawarra and across NSW offer a variety of programs including life and employability skills training and employment services.

Freecall: 1800 634 728
Phone:  1800 NDIS2U
Email: info@eetgroup.com.au


There's more in you than you know...

There’s more in you than you know…

Outward Bound Australia is an independent, not-for-profit outdoor education organisation that exists to empower people to discover, develop and achieve their full potential as individuals and future leaders. The Navigator program uses the wilderness and adventure based activities to build integrity, responsibility, resilience and compassion in 15-17 year olds. The core outcome is Striving To Be The Best You Can Be.

For more information or to register online go to http://www.outwardbound.org.au/courses/navigator/

We have also released some excellent footage of some of the activities undertaken on our programs: http://on.fb.me/1EchHhQ

Click here to view current youth program dates and fees.

www.outwardbound.org.au     1800 267 999



Australian children, parents and guardians have a place to report serious online bullying following the official launch of the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner…

Read the full media release  | For more information visit:  www.esafety.gov.au

IS IT A SAFE PLACE FOR KIDS? – A guide for parents…

Office of the Childrens Guardian

From The Office of the Children’s Guardian… 

As a parent or carer you play an important role in making sure your kids are spending time in places that are safe. This guide will help you look out for ‘child safe’ places.

Download the guide…   |   Visit:  www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au

FREE interactive online learning courses by Black Dog Institute

MindStrengthPoster_BlackDogInstituteBuilding good mental health in young people…

Black Dog Institute in partnership with nib foundation are proud to announce the availability of three new interactive online learning courses about mental health.  These resources have been designed to support Black Dog Institute’s HeadStrong School Curriculum Resource for teaching about mental health.

Download flyer for details…
To access the courses, please go to:  www.blackdoglms.com
For more information, go to:  www.headstrong.org.au


MSC Mission Outreach Newsletter

missionoutreachPlease view or download the latest newsletter online at http://australia.mscmission.org/mission-outreach



Private Vehicle Conveyance Subsidy_NSW Transport_flyer

When school is a long way from home…

When school is a long way from home

Transport for NSW provides a subsidy for eligible families towards the costs of driving students to school…

Visit transport.nsw.gov.au/pvc to find out more…




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